The National Coordinator of the NGO, 1001+ Voices Initiative for Peoples Empowerment, Ide Owodiong-Idemeko, Obong Unwana, Ibesikpo Asutan has commiserated with the government and people of Akwa Ibom State on the demise of the first indigenous Military Governor of the State, Otuekong (Air Cdre.) Idongesit Okon Nkanga (rtd.).
This statement was signed by the group’s Executive Secretary, Uwem-obong Ankak, following government official release of funeral arrangements set in honor of the late Air force Officer and accomplished statesman.
Describing the death of the respected statesman as a monumental loss to the people of Akwa Ibom State, the Niger Delta region and Nigeria, in consideration of the sensitive capacities he served while alive, Owodiong -Idemeko has said the passing is made more worrisome and particularly painful because it has depleted the ranks of those who always gave exemplary service to the nation.
He added that the enormous and legendary contributions of the late Air force general to building strong foundations gave birth to what has truly evolved into modern Akwa Ibom State.
Owodiong-Idemeko who in the statement noted that the life and times of the distinguished military pilot and respected statesman will continue to inspire and develop future generations to become empowered to greatness in service, added that at various tour of duty, whether in or outside of uniform, Nkanga’s life not only represented the quintessential Akwa Ibom character, but was a clear symbol of resilience, commitment and excellence noted of the people from the Land of Promise.
While recognizing his selfless discharge of duty to state and country as a former Commandant of the Presidential Air Fleet (PAL), 1001+ Voices Initiative added that Nkanga, as erstwhile Chairman of Pan- Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), worked and assiduously advocated for the common good of the South-South region until his death.
In the statement, Owodiong-Idemeko stressed that Nkanga’s death would ever remain a huge and incalculable loss to the nation, as he left very impressive and indelible marks in leadership, which would be difficult to fill.
Finally, Owodiong-Idemeko encouraged both the state and members of immediate family of the deceased to be condoled by his enduring legacies and to ensure that these legacies are enduringly sustained in the memory of this great and illustrious son of the land. He prayed God to grant the departed leader eternal rest.